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Maharshi’s ashes immersed in the Narmada river

PTI, via, India
Feb. 19, 2008 • Wednesday February 20, 2008

Jabalpur: The ashes of Indian spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were immersed in the Narmada river here in the presence of large number of his followers on Tuesday.

Thousands of his devotees thronged the local Maharishi Vidya Mandir where the ashes were kept after being brought from Allahabad, where he was cremated.

The ashes were immersed in Narmada after a large number of his followers, including several dignitaries like Madhya Pradesh Speaker Ishwardas Rohani and Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi paid their last respects.

Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West, had passed away in Netherlands on February 6. He was in his early 90s. Among the best-known of his disciples were The Beatles.

He was often known as ‘The Giggling Guru’ for the high-pitched laugh he frequently used to emphasise his observations.

The physicist-turned spiritual guru had transformed his interpretations of ancient Vedic scriptures into a multi-million dollar global empire and went on to build up a following of about six million people worldwide, including celebrities like Beach Boys, singer Donovan, Clint Eastwood and avant-garde film-maker David Lynch.

Born in Madhya Pradesh, the Maharishi’s real name was Mahesh Prasad Varma.

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